Hackcess Weekender – A Collaboration between Autodesk, Ultimaker, Goldsmiths and Whizz-Kidz

A Hackathon for Good

Five leading organisations joined forces over the weekend (21/22 November) at Goldsmith’s beautifully architectured church in New Cross Gate, London to use their collective talent and knowledge to help rapidly prototype new products for Whizz-Kidz; a charity that transforms the lives of young disabled people, by providing vital mobility equipment and life skills training.

The Hackcess Hackathon saw participation from a number of young beneficiaries from Whizz-Kidz, who were integral in sharing their ideas during the two day hackathon.

Autodesk, Whizz-Kidz, Goldsmiths, Hacksmiths, Ultimaker and Fab Lab London joined 65+ designers, inventors, engineers and coders on a very cold and chilly weekend took to using Fusion360, Ultimaker 3D Printers and a temporary erected makerspace.

Teams formed early Saturday morning with challenges set by Whizz-Kidz, fueled by pizza, curry, healthy snacks and the occasional packet of Haribo Zingers as they got down to developing their ideas using the makerspace.

Working along side George, Nathan, Ruth and Harriet, the four young Whizz-Kidz ambassadors, the hackathon teams rapidly developed their ideas with each team showcasing their products on Sunday afternoon in conjunction with a Whizz-Kidz ambassador.

#WhizzKidz product concepts being tested at #hackcess, very early stage prototypes #Autodesk designed too πŸ™‚

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it's that time of the day people πŸ™‚ #hackcess #pizza #makers #nomnomnom

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#fabkidslondon in the house at #hackcess #makers with #techforgood www.hackcess.org

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With a real diversity of prototypes presented, four ideas stood out has having the most potential ranging from flexible cup holders, a self monitoring pendant, open street map for wheelchair users and a flexible storage solution; Hackcess awards were given to the four teams.

Whizz-Kidz is excited to have taken part in the Hackcess Hackathon working with Fab Lab London to help inspire designers, engineers and inventors to design and develop exciting new products with our young wheelchairs users. The potential of new technologies has opened up so many opportunities, helping individuals to find solutions for their own personal challenges. The world is changing and we’re excited for young wheelchair users who now have the chance to contribute to designing new technologies that will have an impact on their lives.

Ruth Owen OBE, Whizz-Kidz Chief Executive

The spirit of collaboration and community throughout the weekend with everyone participating was amazing, mutual respect, sharing of ideas and working together helped make the Hackathon simply awesome.

And yes we’ll be doing this again in early 2016.

Find out more at www.hackcess.org

Storify from the event – all the tweets